The third section of Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey that we’ll be sharing quotes with you from is all about sex in the series. We’ll update this post on October 22 with quotes from the seven essays from the sex section. You can also catch the quotes daily on our Tumblr and Fifty Writers Facebook page.
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To enter, tell us in the comments below whether or not you think Ana made the right decision when she became intimate with Mr. Grey (undecided is also an option!). U.S. and Canadian entries only, please.
“Mostly, though, I like to think that Ana doesn’t talk about what she does with Christian, or, more to the point, what Christian does to her, because she likes having a secret. Yes, my boyfriend is a Dominant—and I think I like being his submissive. Not exactly a line heard at most dinner parties. If it is, chances are good that the ante will soon need to be upped, because pleasures that come easily and become commonplace also get dull fast. —Suzan Colon, “Forbidden Fruit Is the Sweetest”
“I can’t imagine why any woman would want to be with this man. He is handsome, rich, and well endowed. But that’s where it ends. He is selfish, a stalker, possessive, and controlling…He has a temper, mood swings, and doesn’t want to be touched. He doesn’t make love, withholds affection, and doesn’t want to cuddle after sex or spend the night. He is simply emotionally abusive. Who would put up with that?” —Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, “Fifty Ways of Looking at Sex in Fifty Shades”
“E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is a by-product of feminism and women’s equality. It’s porn for women, and that’s why it’s so popular. Porn and its softer cousin, erotic romance, are like the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s. They’re addictive, and what satisfies a craving one day just won’t cut it the next. If you buy a hamburger today, then tomorrow you’ll need a double bacon cheeseburger with large fries and a super-sized Coke.” —Lois Gresh, “The McDonald’s of Lust”
“The student/teacher relationship is one that has appeared in art from time immemorial (paging Socrates!), but in pitting Ana as a finals-studying coed against the willful, dangerous, punitive power of business magnate Christian Grey, James makes explicit the steamy pedagogy that piques the fantasies of many a fledgling academic, while avoiding the creep factor that would define a similar relationship written about a high school student and educator. After all, college is the real sexual awakening for many people.” —Rakesh Satyal, “Crash Is in Session”
“To me, Christian Grey’s proclivities for using rope, the flogger, or the riding crop simply express the desire to experience and provide intense sensation. The point of BDSM play is that you can experiment with sensations of pain and pleasure, and the roles of dominance and submission, without really hurting yourself or others.” —Selina Fire, “Sexual Empowerment at the Water Cooler”
“In the past few decades the role of women in our culture has changed more drastically than in centuries before. Or let me say—the roles we show to the world have changed. Have our basic needs and desires changed on a purely carnal level? Probably not. Women with sexual prowess existed as far back as the days we lived in caves, but until relatively recently we didn’t accept the idea of the wicked, wanton female as every man’s wife.” —Heather Graham, “Fifty Shades of Woman”
“Enter Fifty Shades of Grey, sold in a pretty package or dressed in the anonymity of e-book, validated by the tacit media approval and thus accessible to this group of women. This book has brought notion of sex toys, whips, bondage, and erotic roleplay into mainstream discourse. Those who already practice toy-filled and kinky sex should be thrilled. But they’re not. Far from it.” —Midori, “Fifty Shades of Snark”